3.9 of 5 (7 votes)

Enjoying the Medway

A leisurely walk (riverside) starting and finishing in Kent, England, about 9.40km (5.84 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 2:45h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 40m (131ft)
Descent 27m (88ft)
Max. Elevation 40m (131ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 67m (219ft)
Rainham Station
Newington Station
Distance 9.40km
Duration ~2:45h
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 21 May 2010
There's plenty of good walking along the River Medway, just a short hop from Central London. A good stretch is the section around Horsham Marsh. The mudflats around this section are major feeding grounds for birdlife, so bring your binoculars. Start at Rainham Station and finish at Newington, both on the line from London Bridge.

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OS Grid TQ818663
From the station, head northeast along Station Road for about 1km. At the end, turn right and after 300m you will see a footpath sign.
OS Grid TQ828671
The path cuts across two fields and hits the coast at the wharf. At this point, you join the Saxon Shore Way - follow it east.
About 1.24 km (~0.77 miles) from
OS Grid TQ844682
The path leaves the coast and passes through Horsham Farm. As you walk past the northern side of Upchurch, the route passes through some delightful orchards. No scrumping!
About 1.96 km (~1.22 miles) from
OS Grid TQ850690
The path rejoins the coast at Hamgreen Saltings, and this is the best spot for a bit of twitching. The mudflats out to Milfordhope Saltings are always crammed with feeding birds of many species.
About 1.01 km (~0.63 miles) from
OS Grid TQ859674
Carry on along the Saxon Shore Way to Lower Halstow. Here, leave the coast and head inland; a path runs through the village and on towards Newington. A stop at the Three Tuns is highly recommended - great beers, great food.
About 1.83 km (~1.14 miles) from
OS Grid TQ862654
The path cuts across Broom Downs and joins a road just south of Wardwell Wood. Pick up the lane into Newington.
About 2.02 km (~1.26 miles) from
OS Grid TQ857647
The station is on the northern side of the town.
About 0.91 km (~0.57 miles) from

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